June 3, 2014

Karl Lagerfeld and Christian Louboutin to collaborate with Louis Vuitton

TELEGRAPH.CO.UK – Louis Vuitton’s new The Icon And The Iconoclasts project will also see Cindy Sherman, Marc Newson and Rei Kawakubo make over the brand’s iconic monogram

Karl Lagerfeld and Christian Louboutin to collaborate with Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton’s new creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, has invited six visionaries from the worlds of fashion, art and design to reinterpret the brand’s iconic monogram.

Stepping up to the plate for The Icon And The Iconoclasts project is Chanel and Fendi creative director Karl Lagerfeld, Comme des Garcons founder Rei Kawakubo, French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, photographer Cindy Sherman, architect Frank Gehry and industrial designer Marc Newson.

They have each been given ‘carte blanche’ to create a bag or piece of luggage which will go on sale from mid-October in a very select number of Louis Vuitton stores this year. Described as ‘limited-edition’ and ‘very exclusive’, prices will range from £1,625 to £3,250.

“When we talked with Nicolas Ghesquière about the extraordinary talents we would like to approach we simply went to those who are among the best in their fields,” says Delphine Arnault, executive vice President of Louis Vuitton, who came up with the idea alongside Ghesquière.

She added: “We were interested in people who work with their minds and their hands. I thought it was so interesting – and fun! – to have all of these different points of view on the Monogram. It is inspiring to see how they envision things, to see their perspectives. This is a group of geniuses.”The monogram was created in 1896 by Georges Vuitton as a tribute to his late father Louis, who had died four years previously, and was considered revolutionary in its time.

The house has previously conceived collaborations with artist Yayoi Kusama, film director Sofia Coppola, Takashi Murakami and Stephen Sprouse, but it is the first time that a group of creatives have come together under one project. www.telegraph.co.uk